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Subject: My first Dead show...one for the books!
Note: I love the review by jboyaquar (below) who rates it 3 stars, and then provides possibly one of the douchiest reviews ever seen on the Archive...classic!
The vibe was high at this one. A beautiful summer day in the Gold Country...I had never experienced a Dead show prior to this day.
I was 18 years old and tripping on 3 tabs of incredibly good Lucy (not my first time for that). Despite the intensity of the trip, I remember the whole concert vividly. Even the smells - of incense and patchouli, and beer & sweat and carnival food - come back to me like it was yesterday.
It felt, for the first time in my concert-going experiences, like I was hanging with a big musical family, not just "seeing a concert". The music, like jboyaquar so eloquently points out, was not like some kind of polished pop band playing their CD - it was part of an over-arching *experience* and therefore goes beyond the weakness of a vocal here and there.
This concert was really the Inception Point in my soul for the appreciation of live music - and what it can truly be. Here I am 25+ years later and still so very thankful for what the Dead, and the village of their followers, taught me.
I danced like nobody was watching and started down a path that I still walk to this day...
It amazes me that I can just pull up the show online and stream it anytime I want. MAGIC.
Subject: beautiful show
wow. this is a good one. you can tell just how "on" the band is and how "on" the crowd is. inspiring playing.
jboyaguar is an idiot for giving this such a middle-of-the-road review. this was one very special day and it comes out very clearly in this recording.
Subject: cow pasture camping can be fun
Somehow I started of to this run fully clothed and with my doctor (both out from the east coast)and ended up in the same cow pasture fully naked and feeling very jolly (fungus amoung us jolly)
Jerry and Santana on stage together was not just a dream.
peace, love and massive JurassicBlueberries
Calaveras Tripper -
Subject: Eclectic Weekend
I was there for both nights. Acid flowed like honey on a hot day. The air show, the parachutists. Hooked up with two guys from Vermont and took my last tab after the Sunday show. Stayed up all night lookin at the stars on a hillside by the campground.
Great freakin shows, man. Everyone was all sorts of fucked up.
Subject: Long strange day!!
This was one for the books. I've never seen sooo many feds at one time in my life! I was really glad to find this show available on this site. I have a copy on tape somewhere but you know.....
This, was a good showing from the boys but Carlos being there made my day. As you probably figured, Scarlet always makes me smile and this one was average, but, the Iko>Watchtower just blew the roof off!! Jack Straw was energetic but i have heard Jerry tear it up better and longer. Mr. Fantasy, ya, I do miss Brent. David Lindley and el-rayo x was a nice beginning to the day then to Santana. Carlos' percussion unit, as always, just got TRIBAL!! That is when the big dust cloud rose from down in front and the energy level on that part of the planet peaked the scales! If there is anybody out there with those sets i would truly be interested. Reliving the music portion of this experience would be cool way to spend a day. Reliving the details of that day, well, huh,...........It was colorful.
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Subject: Avery Ranch Gets On The Bus
This was my first dead show,what a show to start with.I will never forget the light show in the dust.I felt as if i was a part of the rainbow lights.My fav.songs are All Along The Watchtower, Fire on the mountain,Dear Mr. Fantasy,Morning Dew,Not Fade Away,Brokedown Palace,And i Can't leave out Space.I was one of the many backstage dishwashers over the years that worked for Avery Ranch Catering.I became a Cert.Audio Eng.Because of this band.By the way there were three more Mountain Aire Music Fest. 1998-1999-2000 I worked those show's as a Audio Eng. What a great long strange trip it has been
capn doubledose -
Subject: good '87
Listen to this you will like it - the M'dew is stunning+
Subject: Nothing too memorable here
Set: "Box" is a warm, good mood inducing if not explosive way to open a show. Moving quickly onto "Jack," the attempt is pure, but the 'energy' results are rather erratic. Tepid vocals follow on an adequate "West LA." "Uncle/Mexicali" are both rather polite, but the brisk tempo makes them palatable. "High" is poignantly sung, and is spare enough to enjoy the wonderful venue? "Walkin" is of an average livlieness. Of course the "Iko" stature grows tremendously when Carlos steps on stage. However, only Brent is up to the task of trying to equal his talent. Jerry's machine though matches Sanatana's on a pretty good, tho not earth-shattering "Watchtower." "Say- Thank You Carlos."
2nd Set: It's always a step in the right direction to choose "Scarlet" as the opener. Unfortunately, the jamming is of the timid and unadventurous kind. Likewise, the following "Fire" is not exciting or charting new territory...but it's acceptable, easy fun. "Playin" stays on that same blueprint, as evidently they're not particularly inspired to make this an evening of interest outside of the guest shot. "Drums" proceeds to rear its at least eclectic head. "Space" as Barlow would later write, "It is what it is..." The "Miracle" makes itself clear after elongated feedback..."Fantasy" is a solid choice, but it lacks dimension. We're sort of floating on the precipes of an encroaching circle when the "Playin Reprise" hits. Plenty of dripping cymbals welcome the incoming "Dew." Something occurs because this is Not the same band just going through the motions. It's a moody beast.
Considering it was the most vital piece of music during tonight's show, it is completely acceptable that it ends the set.
C'mon guys, you can't do better than a 20 second intro on the departing "NFA" Well-sung, but nothing out of the ordinary. We're not done as we're thrown a "Brokedown" bone. It does its job.
2 1/2 star rounded up; for no other reason than that's simple mathematics.
Subject: Great show
Carlos was great, especially during Iko.
andy b -
Subject: another great night
just look at the setlist and tell me you dont want to download this show. Santana is in there too so its a must have.
Subject: much better than yesterday...
ok.same place next day..lots more energy, box of rain surpprise opener..and a sizzling iko-iko-watchtower with santana..and the energy level doesn't drop off like 8/22..and definitely not a true soundboard..but the sound is decnt...this is worth the full download..enjoy the show...what a hot summer of shows...
Shiva Ho -
Subject: Mt Aire
Yea these were some hot shows in that they were all day events starting at 3pm. I am staring up at my framed poster from it writing this. I just remember them hasseling people taping at least back behind the board. I had snuck my mics up in a tree & felt like I had gotten the only recording. It was during a time when Healy was playing with a little low power broadcasting unit from the SB & so anyone with a ghetto blaster could have tuned in & gotten a good FM tape. Carlos & Lindley sets were awesome. I'll wait to download & listen to these recordings before rating the quality which should be better than the one I have...
Nate C. -
I first got this show sometime in '88 and has always been a fun one to listen to. This is certainly not a straight SBD though - it's either a really nice FOB or a matrix recording. The tell tale sign is that you can hear individuals in the crowd clapping & talking. Either way, I think it's better than an SBD since you get a nice ambient sound.
Subject: Mountain Aire
That's what this venue called their summer concerts. Had a killer aerobatic show off the airstrip right behind. Journey, Doobies, Foreigner and others of that ilk. The GD was the last concert in the line. I mean it was only fitting, but, this was the one that hit the national press with the story about the naked girl who three days after the concert wandered out of the woods into a guy's living room and crashed on his couch. What a great show. I mean this is the town that sponsors the jumping frog contest, Clampers Hells Angels etc. You can buy an "I got all f**ked up at the jumping frog contest" T-shirt on main street. They'd never seen the likes of the Deadheads, and it scared 'em. No more Mountain Aire. The energy ripped into you and on Sunday I saw the crowd circulate in and out of the bubble up close to stage. Bye now.